Directed by: Sophie Hamacher, Sarah Stein Kerr and Tessa Rex
A lyrical assembly of sounds and images portrays the experiences of workers traversing New York City on the night bus. Appearing only as hazy reflections through weathered windows, the characters reflect, in voices heavy with fatigue, on the work behind or ahead of them. These meandering narratives of solitude and sleeplessness recount a repletion of passages through the dark city that give voice to the lived experience of the 24hour economy
This film is part of UnionDocs sprawling Living Los Sures project. You can see the film from 1984 that inspired their work, Los Sures, on MUBI until October 3rd.
About the Living Los Sures Project:
LIVING LOS SURES
Produced over 5 years by 60 artists at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, Living Los Sures is an expansive project about the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Known by its longterm Latino residents as Los Sures, the neighborhood was one of the poorest in New York City in the late 70s and early 80s. In fact, it had been called the worst ghetto in America. Today, it is the site of a battle between local identity and luxury lifestyle. With the restoration of Los Sures, a brilliant work of cinéma vérité filmmaking as a starting point, the project has developed into a collection of 40 short films, the interactive documentary 89 Steps, and the cinematic people’s history Shot by Shot, demonstrating new possibilities for collaboration between an arts institution and its surrounding community to collect memories and share local culture.